John Fetterman to defy GOP law to keep showing his support for marijuana and LGBTQ rights
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (MSNBC)

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is vowing to defy the Republican legislature to continue showing his support for marijuana legalization and LGBTQ rights by placing flags for the two causes on the balcony outside his office at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

"The flags belong to Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a tattooed 6-foot-8 Democrat considering a run for Senate next year, who hung the pro-legalization green leaf and LGBTQ rights flags from the balcony of his office, which overlooks the state Capitol's front steps and much of downtown Harrisburg," NBC News reported Friday. "Republicans, who control the Legislature, quietly tucked a provision to ban unauthorized flags on Capitol grounds into an omnibus budget bill that passed late last year. After the governor, Tom Wolf, a Democrat who is elected separately from the lieutenant governor, signed it into law — needed to avoid a government shutdown — state employees removed the flags from Fetterman's balcony earlier this week and left them folded in his office."

"Fetterman quickly replaced the flags in defiance of the law and says he'll continue to do so if they're taken down again until the state legalizes marijuana and outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity," NBC reported.

Fetterman used the standoff to contrast with Republicans following the fatal January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

"The GOP collectively shrugged when a couple of its members were photographed down in D.C. on Jan. 6, but my pride and weed flags are a point of outrage for them?" he wondered.

He also ripped Republicans for hypocrisy as they complain about "cancel culture."

"I was just making a statement. I never in a million years thought that they would actually write a law to ban them," Fetterman said. "They can't understand how ridiculous this looks. They're all about free speech except when it's speech they don't like, apparently."

There is no penalty for Fetterman to continue hanging the flags.

Fetterman is considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2022, the October announcement by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) that he would not run for re-election created an open seat.

"It's flattering to be living rent free in their head like this," Fetterman said.